What do you get when you take a slightly amusing premise, attractive and talented stars, poor timing, unfunny jokes and broad comedy? The Other Woman is what you get. Director Nick Cassavetes (son of legendary indie writer/director John Cassavetes and equally legendary actress Gina Rowlands) has fashioned a film that sets the bar so low it’s nearly on the ground and still manages to sneak under it.
In the beginning, we follow a budding romance between Carly (Cameron Diaz) and Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame). They’ve been together eight weeks and she’s quite smitten with him. So much so that her secretary/assistant Lydia (Nicki Minaj) is impressed that Carly refers to him by name and not a generalized nickname and Carly agrees to have Mark meet her father Frank (Don Johnson, who it’s nice to see out and about, even if it is in this movie.). Mark comes up with an excuse that a pipe burst in his Connecticut home and has to go wait for the plumber and misses the meet and greet with Frank. Carly decides to go to his house dressed as a sexy plumber but to her surprise, Kate (Leslie Mann) answers the door and tells her she’s his wife. After a tremendously unfunny display of prat falls and awkwardness, Carly walks away ungracefully on a broken heel.